Long gone are the days of red, painful chemical peels. Today’s treatments are an anti-ageing must, giving you a deeper exfoliation than mere scrubbing and leaving your skin glowing.
WHAT ARE CHEMICAL PEELS?
By expert Tanya Smith, educator and trainer at Dermaquest
Chemical peels help the skin exfoliate at an accelerated rate through using a topical chemical solution that penetrates either up to the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) or the dermis (the layer underneath the epidermis). This type of exfoliation helps to improve the skin’s overall texture and targets concerns such as hyper pigmentation or signs of ageing.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW BEFORE HAVING A PEEL?
By expert Dr Danné Montague-King, founder of DMK Skincare
What most people don’t realise is that when the skin is under attack from any type of deep trauma, it tries to defend itself, depending on how deep the attack is,’ says Danné. To maintain the skin’s strength during and after treatment, it is crucial to prepare it by balancing its pH level before applying the acid solution. Lighter skins can safely undergo a chemical peel but if you have a dark skin tone, Tanya says you should be very selective about the treatment you undergo. ‘For darker skin types, most treatments carry a higher risk due to the sensitivity and the high risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.’ Choosing peels that use more than one acid can be more beneficial as they target different skin concerns, for example, lactic acid for hydration or salicylic acid for acne. Dark skins should avoid trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels, which are too strong and are mostly used to improve more severe conditions, such as deep wrinkles and sunspots.
TREATMENT TO TRY
DERMAQUEST MANGOBRITE RESURFACER
WHAT IT DOES: A mild peel that uses lactic acid with mango pulp and orange stem cells to brighten and exfoliate the skin. Ideal for adult acne and to boost hydration and radiance. Expect a slight tingle on application but pain level is very low.
PRICE: From R695
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